A campus that banned smartphones made its students happier. Why? Because the phones are like any other addictive substance, says Anna Lembke, author of "Dopamine Nation": "Over time, our brains will adapt" and put us "in a dopamine deficit state...akin to a clinical depression or to an anxiety disorder. Now, we're using this substance not to feel good or get high but just to bring ourselves back up to baseline."
Inside an Ottawa children's hospital battling against rising RSV, COVID-19, flu cases
Radio/White Coat, Black Art: A surge in respiratory illnesses, shortages of kids’ medications, COVID-19 and the start of cold and flu season have left children’s hospitals straining to meet demand, says the president of an Ottawa children’s hospital.
These Ontario parents want province to make masks mandatory in classrooms again
Parents and volunteers have formed the Ontario School Safety group, which is calling on the provincial government to bring back measures to curb spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses in schools. The group says they're even mulling taking legal action to see the changes.
SickKids to reduce number of surgeries to focus on critical care amid influx of ICU patients
News/Canada/Toronto: Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children says it will reduce the number of surgeries it performs starting on Monday in an effort to preserve its ability to provide critical care.
Many patients with weak immune systems don't realize their Covid-19 medicine isn't as effective as it used to be
Judy Salins considers herself a smart, empowered patient, but until this week, she had no idea that the medicine she takes to defend herself against Covid-19 isn't protecting her as well as it used to.
What parents should watch for with respiratory illness
Respiratory viruses including flu and RSV are circulating across the United States at high levels, overwhelming children's hospitals and prompting concern among parents of young children. Most kids who get sick this season will recover quickly with home care, but some will need medical attention. What should parents watch for, and how might they know it's time to call their pediatrician or go to the ER?
Health-care providers 'woefully unprepared' to treat chronic pain, says advocate
Radio/The Current: The federal government is hoping $5 million in funding will provide relief to people struggling with chronic pain, and reduce the amount of people looking to those potentially toxic street drugs as an alternative. But some advocates say more needs to be done.
Canada is seeing an early rise in flu cases. Is a 'tidal wave' of infection coming?
News/Health: Canada is on track to face its first full flu season in several years — one that’s starting earlier than usual, all while the country’s healthcare system is already grappling with respiratory infections like COVID-19 and RSV.
NASA inspects Artemis I rocket after Hurricane Nicole
The Artemis I moon rocket is still standing after battling Hurricane Nicole, which made landfall as a Category 1 storm roughly 70 miles south from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida overnight. The $4.1 billion rocket rode out the storm while sitting exposed on its launchpad.